Kohler adds to smart product line to improve music and lighting experiences

Freeman Staff

Jan. 5, 2019

The Sensate faucet with Kohler Konnect allows users to turn the water on or off and dispense measured amounts of water through simple voice commands or motion-based interactions.
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KOHLER — As homes continue to get “smarter” with the use of technology, Kohler Co. has improved its line of technology-driven products and added a new bathroom suite system.

The updated and new products available through the Kohler Konnect portfolio has extended voice control technology and improved music and lighting experiences. The Wisconsin company also has introduced the Veil Lighted bathroom collection, which is the first connected bathroom suite that works together as a system.

First introduced at CES 2018, Kohler Konnect features innovative kitchen and bath products that use voice commands, hands-free motion control, and personalized presets managed through the Kohler Konnect application for iOS and Android devices. The application is powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and Azure IoT services, and also offers support in select products for Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant and Apple Home-Kit.

According to Friday’s announcement, Kohler Konnect is expanding with additional options for personalized control and whole-room solutions adding convenience, comfort, and enjoyment to the home.

“Connected technology is driving innovation in the smart home category, but connectivity alone isn’t enough. We believe in leading with design and seamlessly incorporating the right technologies so that our customers can personalize their bathroom experiences to be just right for them,” said David Kohler, president and CEO of Kohler Co., in a statement. “For 145 years, Kohler has brought innovative and quality products to the marketplace that offer convenience and comfort in kitchen and bath spaces. Kohler Konnect continues our industry leadership by offering whole-room solutions with more voice control, better music and sound, and dynamic lighting environments through our Kohler Konnect portfolio.”

Kohler’s new Veil Lighted bathroom collection brings immersive, connected lighting into the entire bathroom space. The full contemporary suite of products includes an intelligent toilet, freestanding bath, lighted mirror, and lighted three-piece vanity that work together as a system with integrated lighting. Automated synchronized lighting options mimic nature to create various moods that enhance wellbeing. In addition to new launches and product enhancements at CES, attendees at this year’s conference will experience new demonstrations of Kohler innovations for the kitchen and bathroom that were showcased in 2018 and will be available for consumers in 2019.

Some of Kohler’s other smart products include The Sensate Touchless kitchen faucet, which allows users to turn the water on or off and dispense measured amounts of water through simple voice commands or motion-based interactions. There’s also the DTV+ system which allows consumers to create presets for sound, water, steam and lighting, delivering the ultimate customized spa-like showering experience, placing it in a category all its own.